In Jamie Sam’s, ¬†Medicine Cards, turkey is the giveaway animal, sharing everything so that life can go on. Her perspective on the creatures of the earth is so profound, I urge you to read her directly. she certainly influenced me beginning in the late 1980’s until this day.

¬©Kathleen O’Brien, Turkey Feather Fan,
drawing on Twinrocker Linen paper, 20×15″

A fan is used with burning purifying herbs like sage. A dear friend gave me these turkey feathers when I was feeling very low and disconnected. Turkey extended her healing to me by realizing how much my friends had given me. As I made this fan, I gathered trinkets they had given me as symbols of their devotion in friendship to add to the yarns at the bottom. The process pulled me out of that negative space, and continues, 30 years later to remind me that we are all related.

This drawing also features a turkey egg and a copy of Michelangelo’s drawing of a woman.

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